In 2018, no prize was awarded for either the Picture Book or the Young Readers categories.
'Tess used to believe her father would always be there. But that was before he got caught up with his rising political career. Tess is different now, too. Shuttling between two homes and two mothers, she's dropped out of championship swimming and almost out of school as well. The only thing that interests her is leading a group of young environmental activists, the Green Guerillas'. And even though Tess never goes near the water now, she still has nightmares about drowning ... The warm characterizations save all the cliches surrounding broken families, this engrossing Australian tale has a refreshing view of children struggling with the fallout from divorce. Tess's growing awareness of her dad's imperfections and his realization of his own shortcomings make the ending not only happy, but believable.'' (Publication summary)
'I'm nobody much That's the way Dougy sees himself. Struggling at school, Dougy is quiet. He watches more than he speaks. His siblings, Raymond and Gracey, are the one with the talent- his brother a star footballer and his sister just picked for the state athletic championships. When racial tensions engulf their lonely town in the Australian outback, madness grips and hot-headed men give way to their fears. And waiting in the rising river waters lurks something even more dangerous. Death is stalking Dougy's sister, Gracey, unless he can save her. Can a nobody stand against such forces? Is there more to Dougy than even he knows?' (Publication summary)
"Story of famine in the deep Sahara, the ozone hole over Antarctica, the dangerous legacy of a dead biologist - and Beui Ish-Mahel, the survivor of an ancient desert clan. The B̀lue chameleon' is currently being adapted as a screenplay." (Source: Trove)
'Grant loves trains and the morning he sees the inter-city XPT is just the start of what turns out to be the extraordinary day on which he is kidnapped by an unfamiliar woman and her daughter.' -- Libraries Australia record.